Participation & Partnership Forum – Paid Opportunity

People with lived experience of NHS services working as equal partners to create change.
Are you over the age of 18 and interested in helping shape your local NHS services?
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) provide a range of mental, physical and community health services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
We are currently looking to recruit adults who have used CPFT services to our Participation and Partnership Forum (PPF). Ensuring that people’s views are heard across our Trust is essential for creating and delivering better health and care services. The PPF supports the Trust to increase the voice of people who have used services within the organisation. Positions on the PPF are held for two years and meetings take place for two hours every four to six weeks. Payment is £10.00 per hour and travel expenses. These positions are subject to the Disclosure and Barring Scheme and Occupational Health Clearance. Due to the current CoVid-19 restrictions we will be holding interviews via Teams and our meetings will take place on-line using Teams.

For further information, and if you would like to talk to somebody on the Participation and Partnership Forum, please contact Anna Tuke, Associate Director of Involvement and Partnerships on 07929 379950 /

Click here for the application form.

The closing date is August 16th 2020. Interviews will take place in September.

Statement of purpose
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) provide a range of physical, mental and community health services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. CPFT is hosting the Participation and Partnership Forum (PPF), a group led by people who have received physical, mental or community health services. With our experiences and insights, the PPF work in partnership with CPFT and other stakeholders to help shape and direct the delivery of care we and others receive. Involvement in services can lead to enhanced quality of care, improved quality of life, improved relationships and improved outcomes for people receiving Trust services as well as peers, staff, families.

Key objectives
● As ‘experts by experience’, we work at a strategic and operational level as equal partners to contribute to and strengthen the CPFT governance structure.
● To embed a culture of co-production and partnership working alongside staff, governors and managers at all levels.
● To add value to CPFT service design and delivery by co-designing the services.
● To ensure integration between physical and mental health services.
● To communicate individual and diverse community opinions, insight and concerns.
This will include Pop Up Forums that will engage with people and organisations.
● To provide and facilitate voices of people receiving services, ensuring that lived experience and expertise is cascaded throughout the organisation, challenging stigma and poor practice in a constructive and compassionate manner.

Required experience, knowledge and skills for this role
● Passionate about contributing to the development of the PPF and working with CPFT to develop, deliver and evaluate policy and practice.
● Able to access an electronic device to participate in on line “Teams” meetings.
● Ability to provide information and advice about people’s experience of Trust services to the Governors and the wider organisation whilst empowering the voices of people receiving services.
● Ability to demonstrate listening, negotiating and influencing skills.
● Ability to challenge and express views in a constructive way and create strong working relationships based on mutual respect and integrity.
● Recent personal experience of receiving Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust Services
● Ability to maintain confidentiality and adhere to the Trusts ‘Pride’ values.

CPFT ‘Pride’ values
Professionalism – We will maintain the highest standards and develop ourselves and others by demonstrating compassion and showing care, honesty and flexibility.
Respect – We will create positive relationships by being kind, open and collaborative.
Innovation – We are forward thinking, research focused and effective by using evidence to shape the way we work.
Dignity – We will treat you as an individual by taking the time to hear, listen and understand.
Empowerment – We will support you by enabling you to make effective, informed decisions and to build your resilience and independence.

Benefits of this role
● Gain experience and skills through direct contact with patients, staff and others who have received services, while supporting the Trust in providing excellent care.
● Play a crucial part in the development of CPFT services and future care delivery at the highest level.
● Gain valuable skills that may help your personal and professional growth and self esteem and
● Become involved in ensuring the voices of people who have received services are communicated and heard by the Trust.
● Attend Trust induction and development sessions.
● Access training courses that are relevant to your role.
● Enhance your CV and gain character and employment references.
● Be reimbursed for meeting time and travel expenses to attend meetings.

How the PPF benefits the Trust
● Brings the experiences of people who have received services to the fore, contributing new and innovative ideas.
● Provides an active perspective of people receiving services embedded throughout, ensuring CPFT services meet the needs of all our communities.
● The PPF works across CPFT Adult services, breaking down barriers and ensuring equality across physical and mental health services.
● The PPF combines both professional and lived experience, creating a shared voice to help get treatment and services right the first time and predict future needs.
● Involvement in planning, commissioning and governance can improve information and access for people receiving services and have positive effects on decision making processes and organisational culture.
● We can reach places and achieve outcomes that traditional health services have yet to attain.

We value your experience

We believe in people having their own strengths and recognise that people going through periods of ill health need to be supported. We aim to give you tools to succeed, regardless of any diagnosis you may have had. Support will be given, if needed, to access on-line meetings using the Teams platform.

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